10 Days left to submit comments on proposed Land Development Code Amendments

There are only ten days left to submit your comments on the proposed Round Two Land Development Code text amendments. Comments received by June 30th will be attached to materials that will be forwarded to Planning Commissioners prior to the August 11th public hearing.  This is a great chance to let the Planning Commissioners hear what you have to say.

Email comments directly to Michael.Hill@louisvilleky.gov.

For more information and to read proposed amendments please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Land+Development+Code+Improvement+Committee.htm

Volunteers Needed for Lexington Road Planting

Join me and my staff in another phase of the Lexington Road improvements between Cross Hill and Top Hill Roads on Saturday, June 7th from 8:00 am – 11:30 a.m. We will be weeding and cleaning the hillside along Lexington Road.  Please volunteer to be a part of this restoration effort.  Gloves, tools and Louisville Water Company PureTap water will be provided to all volunteers.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle.  Call our office at 574-1109 for more information.

One Day Sale this Saturday!

Solid Waste Management Services is pleased to host a compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 937 Phillips Lane (across from the Kentucky Expo Center). Cash, check, Visa and MC will be accepted. This event is rain or shine.

Purchase a compost bin for $45.00 (a $100 value) or a rain barrel for $55.00 (a $120 value). Compost turners and kitchen scrap pails will also be available for purchase.

Click the below links for a brochure for the event.

Front of Sale Flyer

Back of Sale Flyer

Sustainability Tip – Energy Efficiency Programs

LG&E offers several energy efficiency programs for users.  For starters, you may complete an online home energy analysis, in which you answer several questions about your home and energy use.  Combining this information with your energy usage statistics, the report tells you how your home uses energy and suggests ways to improve energy efficiency. Take the online energy analysis.  It takes about 10 minutes to complete.  You may also have an on-site home energy analysis performed by a professional who will recommend ways to improve energy efficiency, make some improvements on-site, and will give you a detailed report for a fee of $25.  Sign up for an on-site home energy analysis.

To get ready for summer and using your air conditioning, consider taking part in LG&E’s air conditioning testing and tune-up program, which offers discounted services to residents and commercial properties.  Maintaining your HVAC system properly can improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about this program.

You may also earn $50 to $750 for purchasing qualifying energy-efficient products for your home, click here for more information. You may also qualify for a $50 rebate for recycling an old refrigerator or freezer. Also, check out the Demand Conservation program which provides LG&E users a credit for your utility bill. Commercial users may also find programs from LG&E.

NEW Food Scrap Drop-off for Residents

More food scrap recycling means less material is unnecessarily filling up our limited landfill space and more local compost for use in our community. You can do your part by bringing food scraps to the Hubbards Lane Recycling Center located at 595 N. Hubbards Lane (corner of Brownsboro Road and Hubbards Lane). This program is intended for individual residents only. Click here to view the flyer.

How do I recycle my food scraps?

• It’s easy! Just locate a food waste caddy (or any small container) in your kitchen to simplify the separation of your food waste. We recommend lining your container with a compostable bag (ASTM D6400 certified) which will make transport from your kitchen to the recycling center cleaner and easier. Please ensure all plastic wrap is removed from your food scraps.

What are the hours of the Hubbards Lane Recycling Center?

• Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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Responsible Recycling Event NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road. This drive-thru event is FREE.  While sponsored by District 9, any citizen in Louisville may participate at this FREE event. Businesses may not drop off items at this event. We will be accepting a multitude of items to be reused or recycled. Click here to view a flyer for the event.

We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and collect donations.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge.

Environmental Quality Commission 2014 Awards

The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission today presented its annual Earth Day awards to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the environment. This year’s event took place at the Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort. To learn more, visit http://eqc.ky.gov. Recipients are as follows:

  • In an effort to clean up Floyds Fork, located in north central Kentucky, Teena Halbig and Sheron Lear formed the Floyds Fork Environmental Association.
  • By founding a sustainability committee in local government and starting a website called Green Triangle, Louisville’s District 9 Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh leads the way in green thinking.
  • The Green Institute, Louisville, provides a 12-week course for business and community leaders. The homework results in community projects such as creating rain gardens; fixing downspout disconnections; planting trees to reduce the heat island effect; and developing a neighborhood weatherization squad among many other noteworthy projects. The institute is operated by the Center for Neighborhoods, directed by Lisa Dettlinger and Ben Evans.
  • With a degree in soil science from the University of Kentucky, Leslie Preston Meredith teaches science and social studies at West Hardin Middle School in Cecilia, Ky., and runs the school’s Green Club.
  • As state director of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky, Terry Cook is known for forging partnerships and raising funds for the conservation of natural areas across the state.
  • The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council is made up of environmentally conscience high school student leaders from both private and public schools in Lexington.
  • As a National Board Certified Teacher in biological sciences, Karin Ceralde teaches advanced placement courses to students at Shelby County High School. Her students participate every year in the citizen-science project called the Great Backyard Bird Count in collaboration with the National Audubon Society. Its purpose is to collect data on wild birds, to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations, to learn more about how the birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share.
  • The DuPont-Louisville Works Plant, located in West Louisville’s Rubbertown area, is the world’s only supplier of Vinyl Fluoride (VF), a chemical used in the manufacture of solar panels. In an effort to produce VF more efficiently while reducing the plant’s environmental footprint, DuPont introduced a new process in early 2012 to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by the manufacturing process.  In addition to reducing the quantity of hazardous waste generated, the project improved safety performance by eliminating potential occupational health exposure to employees working with the material.
  • The Public Service award went to Kurt Mason with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cleaning up a watershed is no easy feat, but that is what Mason has pledged to do in focusing attention on Beargrass Creek in Louisville. An advocate for land preservation and environmental education, he uses his expertise in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to zero in on reducing harmful runoff.
  • The Lifetime Achievement award recipient is Gordon Garner, a civil engineer from Louisville. Improved sanitation leads to improved public health. That’s why civil engineer Garner has devoted a 32-year career to the engineering and design of public works for the benefit of the general public.

Bike Valet Parking at Thunder

bike parkingThe Kentucky Derby Festival and Bike Louisville have teamed to up provide free Bike Valet Parking during this year’s Thunder Over Louisville event. The bicycle parking facility will open at noon the day of Thunder Over Louisville, Saturday, April 12, and close at 11 P.M.

Just ride to Witherspoon Street and look for the bicycle parking area directly behind Slugger Field (see map).

Need to find a safe biking route? Just use this cool online bike routing tool!

How does it work? Ride to Thunder and just check in your bike, get a wristband at the booth and return with your wristband to retrieve your bicycle. Volunteers will record your name, bicycle type (brand name) and color of your bicycle. It’s a free service, sponsored by Louisville Metro to make Louisville more bike friendly!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign-up using this GoogleDoc: http://tinyurl.com/B4L-Thunder

Traffic Circles on Nanz Avenue for Safety and Sustainability

Traffic Circle Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) has announced she is allocating $9,000 District 9 CIF for a pilot project to construct two traffic circles: one where Nanz intersects with Iola Road and the other at Nanz and Macon Avenue.  This green infrastructure is in cooperation with the City of St. Matthews.        

The residential traffic circle is designed to be just large enough to force the motorist to travel beyond the adjacent curb line, which ensures a lower appropriate speed for navigating the intersection, but not necessarily a full stop, thus improving safety and reducing carbon emissions. 

“Traffic circles have proven to be effective for reducing speeding in our neighborhoods,” said Ward-Pugh. “Traffic circles can also bring a burst of scenic beauty to an area for a relativity small amount of money.”

 Traffic Circles are raised islands which are placed in the intersection and thereby slowing cars down to circulate around the island. It also allows a better thoroughfare for cyclists who wish to access Seneca Park and then move on to Cherokee Park. 

 “The City of Seattle has found traffic islands have decreased the amount of traffic accidents in areas where they were placed,” said Ward-Pugh. “The city also saw a decrease in speeding as a result.”

The Appropriations NDF / CIF Committee gave its approval to the idea on Wednesday.

The Councilwoman says the next step will be to let residents in the area know about the proposed change.